KrÝsuvÝk hotspring area,GrindavÝk and the Blue Lagoon


We start this excursion by heading south towards the ┴lftanes peninsula with the intention of visiting Bessasta­ir, which is the residence of the presidents of the Republic of Iceland. Of course, the place is mostly off limits to the public, but the beautiful 18th century chapel is not and Bessasta­ir is also renowned for it's varied birdlife, especially in the springtime when many species of migrating birds make their annual halt there.
Next on our way is the bustling town of Hafnarfj÷r­ur whose busy harbour,with it's shipyards and dry dock, innumerable fishing boats and trawlers,both Icelandic and foreign, is a memorable sight. The town is also well known for it's carmelite convent and the viking restaurant and annual festival which has already been held there three times.
We leave Hafnarfj÷r­ur by slipping discreetly under the busy Reykjanesbraut thoroughfare on to a gravel road which passes through the vast Kapelluhraun lava-field, where empty drying racks for stockfish strech out for miles, and over the Vatnsskar­ pass towards the mysterious Kleifarvatn lake. As the road winds it's way alongside the Sveifluhßls ridge, some very strange shapes and figures, which the wind (and even some unknown artists!) have carved into the palagonitic rocks, come into view.
Further along, we will reach the Selt˙n hotspring area, where some of the first serious attemps to capture geothermal energy in Iceland were undertaken in the early years of this century.The solfatares, which have recently started to form nearby, are also well worth a visit.
GrŠnavatn,(Green Lake) is an interesting explosive crater on our way, and thereafter we will cross the 650 year old Ígmundarhraun, which came tumbling down the mountainside,destroying several farms on it's way before rushing into the sea.
At Festarfjall,the entrails of a volcanic crater are clearly visible, and from the top of the cliffs a passing minke whale can sometimes be spotted. Viewing the entrance to the port of GrindavÝk will bring home the truth, even to the most hardened landlubbers, that seafaring in Iceland, even at the best of times, is a hazardous undertaking, but the generally opulent aspect of the town also attests to the fact that, if everything goes well, the rewards are plentiful.
Finally, we will wind up this tour by admiring the geothermal plant at Svartsengi and by going to have a soothing bath at the famous Blue Lagoon. Return to ReykjavÝk thereafter.
Duration of tour: 4 hours ,
Departures: 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.;daily by request. Price per person, (for 4 passengers or more):

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Services included: (4x4)Transportation and guidance.

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